TUNES

Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !

The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.

All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).

The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :

  • ReelsThe most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
  • JigsThis category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
  • HornpipesAnother common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
  • Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.

Recent posts

The Back of the Haggard (slide) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Back of the Haggard (The)

I learned this slide from Eugene Lambe, a great piper and whistle player who did a huge amount of work recording the older musicians of North Clare back in the early 90s. Eugene himself learned “The Back of the Haggard” from the playing of Micho Russell.

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The Trip We Took Over The Mountain (waltz) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Trip We Took Over The Mountain (The)

I learned this beautiful waltz from Eugene Lambe, a great piper and whistle player who did a huge amount of work recording the older musicians of North Clare back in the early 90s. Eugene learned “The Trip We Took Over The Mountain” from the playing of Micho Russell.

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The Bird's (hornpipe) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Bird’s (The)

The Bird’s Hornpipe is a tune I learned from Noel O’Donoghue, great flute player from Kilfenora. Hugh Healy also recorded this tune on his wonderful album Ceolaire.

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McGivney's Fancy (hornpipe) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

McGivney’s Fancy

McGivney’s Fancy is a hornpipe associated with Éamon McGivney, a great fiddle player from Co. Longford originally but resident of West Clare for many years and one of the directors of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy since the early 1980s.

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The Kesh Jig (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Kesh Jig (The)

The Kesh Jig is a very common session tune in Irish Traditional Music. One of memory that sticks out is a session with Sean Vaughan and Siobhan Peoples who started the session with this tune and great lift and energy.

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Random Tunes

Shoemaker’s Fancy (The)

”The Shoemaker’s Fancy” is a jig that I learned from Yvonne Casey & Terry Bingham at a session in McGann’s Pub. It also features on a great CD called “The Humours of Highgate” by John Blake, Lamond Gillespie & Mick Leahy, which is one of my favourite albums.

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Galtee Ranger (The)

“The Galtee Ranger” is a reel which I learned from my good friend Stéphane. It was recorded by Mary Bergin and also by Kevin Crawford on his album “In Good Company”, and it is sometimes called “Callaghan’s” as well.

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Little Black Pig (The)

“The Little Black Pig” is a version of the well known jig “The Walls of Liscarrol”. I learned this tune from the playing of Doolin’s own Micho Russell.

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